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To create a world without kidney diseases, the ASN Alliance for Kidney Health elevates care by educating and informing, driving breakthroughs and innovation, and advocating for policies that create transformative changes in kidney medicine throughout the world.

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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

We Are Never over the Rainbow: Nephrology Care for the LGBTQ+ Community

November 04, 2023 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location: Room 109, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Session Description

This session discusses health care disparities experienced by the LGBTQ+ population and explores how race and socioeconomic status interplay with these disparities. Nephrology-specific issues for the transgender population are addressed, including, but not limited to, inaccuracies of plasma creatinine concentration (PCr) in estimating GFR for those on gender-affirming hormone therapy and issues unique to transgender transplant patients. Finally, concrete suggestions are provided to make physician practices more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community, with the aim of reducing health care disparities in this population.

ASN thanks the ASN Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for assistance with this session.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe factors leading to health care disparities in the LGBTQ+ community and how these factors may lead to suboptimal kidney outcomes
  • Explain the unique struggles of LGBTQ+ people of color and those living in poverty and how these factors may exacerbate health care disparities
  • Discuss how nephrology care of transgender patients differs, including implications for successful transplant care
  • Promote awareness of conscious and unconscious bias that may affect how welcoming one's practice feels to LGBTQ+ patients
  • Assess the specifics of processes in individual practices and how they may be improved on to be LGBTQ+ inclusive

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Other